While we are celebrating AAC awareness month and working on our video masterpieces we thought you might enjoy this inspiring example of AAC inclusion in the classroom. Thanks to ISAAC Australia member BJ Price for drawing our attention to this, and congratulations to BJ’s son Max and his school mates who are the stars of the video!
Did you know…..
We’re having a National AAC Awareness Picnic!
October is ISAAC’s AAC Awareness Month – and we’re celebrating and joining in across Australia very soon!
AAC Voice and Agosci are organising picnic’s in NSW, Queensland and Western Australia….
This year’s theme is Access All Areas – help raise awareness about Augmentative and Alternative Communication – so you can access all areas in the community…
Please see the attached flyer and let us know if you can come. We’d love you to join us at Barangaroo Reserve, Sydney, for this picnic!
RSVP to Harriet by 6 October at email@example.com
It would be great to know who is coming and how many people, if you’re coming in a group.
We’re planning to have fun AAC activities to raise awareness about all the ways people can communicate.
Hoping to see you there! Please feel free to forward this information to others – we’d love lots of people to come!
Fiona Given & Harriet Korner
AAC Voice Inc.
October is AAC awareness month. Have you thought about what you would like to do to celebrate? Here are some ideas:
Host a silent morning tea. You can find all the information you need here: http://www.scopeaust.org.au/silent-morning-tea/ .
Raise funds for ISSAC Australia with “I have something to say” wristbands – available for $2 each from Meredith Allan firstname.lastname@example.org.
Advertise the ISAAC 2018 international conference on the Gold Coast with fridge magnets, also available from Meredith.
Or stay tuned for an exciting ISAAC Australia opportunity… details to follow!
Researchers at Deakin University need your help! We want to know how parents of children with a disability search for information about AAC (Augmentative and Alternative Communication) online. AAC is any type of communication that replaces or supports spoken language. It can include sign language, picture cards, symbol or alphabet boards, and electronic speech-generating devices.
This study will require you to complete a survey, and attend a 2-hour internet searching session. Participants will receive a $20 gift voucher for their attendance.
Who can participate?
To participate in this study, you need to be:
- Over 18 years old
- Able to speak and read English
- A parent of a child who uses any type of aided-AAC to communicate
- Able to travel to one of our research sites: Melbourne city, Burwood, Geelong, Waurn Ponds, Dandenong, Werribee or Craigieburn.
You must also have searched online for any health information (e.g., about yourself or your family), at least once in the past year.
For information about the study, email Dr Kate Anderson at email@example.com, or call her on 03 9251 7850.
AAC users traveling in Victoria will be glad to know that regional and metropolitan train services are now communication accessible. Find out more at www.vline.com.au/Fares-general-info/Additional-pages/Communications-Access. You can also download communication tools here.
There is a lovely video with lots of AAC use at: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iP1kQPFV3GM.
ISAAC Australia is excited to announce that the ISAAC international conference is coming down under for the first time ever. The conference will be held on the Gold Coast in 2018. This news was announced at the 2016 ISAAC conference in Toronto on 10th August. Watch this space for more details!
Did you know that people who use AAC can attend the Liberator AAC Summit for free? The summit will be held in Melbourne on 21st and 2nd July 2016. More details are available at http://liberator.net.au/aac-summit.
The Victorian Disability Advisory Council is looking for new members. If you are interested, please refer to the attached document. VDAC recruitment Advert